Carmen Aguirre is an author, actor, and playwright.

Her 2011 bestselling book Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter was a memoir of her childhood, spent moving around regularly with her parents, who were part of the Chilean Resistance against Augusto Pinochet. The book was selected for the 2012 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, defended by musician Shad; it was announced as the winner of the competition on February 9, 2012.

Her much anticipated second memoir Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution is being published in April 2016 by Random House in North America and Portobello Books in the United Kingdom.

Aguirre has written and co-written over 25 plays stage plays to date, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, The Refugee Hotel and Blue Box.

About Carmen

Carmen's Upcoming Events in 2020


Upcoming Play at The Vancouver Playhouse

World Premiere

Anywhere but here

A family. A border wall. A million memories and the quest for home.

By Carmen Aguirre

Raps created with Shad Kabango

February 4 – 15, 2020

Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street

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Coyuntura 2020: An International Latinx Theatre Gathering

Tickets, Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 7:30 PM | Eventbrite Eventbrite - Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition (CALTAC) presents Coyuntura 2020: An International Latinx Theatre Gathering - Friday, February 14, 2020 | Sunday, February 16, 2020 at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, BC

Programme / Litprom

We would like to explore with you: How does a change of place and/or language find reflection in the literary work of authors? What significance do terms like "home" and "origin" have in times of spreading nationalism?

Broken Tailbone

Created and Performed by Carmen Aguirre, Produced by Nightswimming

March 11-14, 2020 8pm (matinee March 14 2pm), @Performance Works


More Reviews

"Aguirre's writing is splendid; she combines black humour and a sharp intellect and tells her powerful story in grand style. " - Publishers Weekly, U.S.